The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 9, 1976 · Page 82
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 82

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Thursday, December 9, 1976
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jl?!l'T' Beach Post, Thursday, December 9, 1976 torn 'Dump' to Mansion: A Father's Dream Fulfilled u (c) New York Timet UIBUINU, Minn. The dream of poor in ;igiants from Eastern Europe who ' iked the ore mines in Minnesota's Iron ' was that their sons be spared the ! it d life uf the "dumps," as they called !! mines. Kudulph (J. Ferpich worked in the mines ' if a while, but his father Anton made cer-!-in that the four Perpich boys had it bet-' t than he did. Rudolph, known as Rudy, !i! two of his brothers became dentists ;:n 1 then Minnesota legislators. The fourth became a lawyer and then a psychiatrist. In 1970, Rudolph was elected lieutenant governor and by Jan. 20 will be governor. . Rudy Perpich's rise from the "dumps" to the governor's mansion is an American success story that has given pride to his family and to the Slavs living in this area. He will be the state's first governor from the Iron Range, the first Roman Catholic to hold that office and the first with an Eastern European background. Perpich is 6 feet 4, a strapping, affable man. He said he could hardly wait to as sume his new role. "I'm so anxious to get started that I can't sleep at night," he said, sitting on the edge of his chair. "I want to do a lot of things. I want to help people. This is a tough period, this waiting. It's going to be another month before I can get in. I can't do anything until then." The event that led Perpich to the Executive Mansion began with the election of Sen. Walter F. Mondale as vice president. When Mondale leaves the Senate, Gov. Wendell R. Anderson will resign, and Perpich will succeed him. He then will appoint Anderson to the Senate. Here in Hibbing, from the desk clerk at the Kahler Motel to Anton Perpich, the 77-year-old father of the lieutenant governor, the feeling is one of pride. The elder Perpich, who moved here from Yugoslavia to work in the mines when he was 20, is still celebrating. He fled Yugoslavia seeking freedom, but he ruled his "household with the tolerance of a Bismarck. Rudy Perpich said that his father used profanity frequently, but allowed no one else in the household to swear. "He was tough, and life for us was harsh, but I guess it was good for my brothers and me," said Rudy Perpich, who is 48 and the oldest of the four sons. "He stressed education as a passport out of poverty, and it paid off. He literally forced us to go to school." low Much Land Does a Man Need? Peasants, Owners Fight Over Mexican Farmland makeshift tents to "invade" his property after the government decided to delay action. But there was no violence and no interruption of the farm work. "We won't move from here until they give us land or drag us out," said Serafin Junco, leader of the peasant "invaders." "They have been promising us land for five years. But we can't live on promises." About 300 workers on Couthier's land live in huts without doors. Their naked children play in the dirty waste water. The women cook in steel drums in the open. Almost all the 28,000 landowners in Sinaloa employ workers such as these. "They come in from outside the state," Couthier said. Sinaloa. Some have found a year-round job, free housing and a future. "There is land everywhere, but not everybody can make it produce," said Manuel Couthier, who runs a vegetable farm near Cu-liacan. He says it is about 650 acres. Mexican law limits individual holdings to about 250 acres. He says he inherited about 120 acres from his father. The rest, he says, is in the names of his children. The eldest is 16. Peasants claim he has 2,500 acres. "If they take away my land I've got some place to crash," Couthier said. "I won't die of hunger. But what about the people who work for me?" On a far edge of his land a small group of peasants had moved in with But Echeverria's expropriation moves led to a confrontation between landowners and peasants. The latter threatened to seize privately owned land if the government didn't act. Owners vowed to fight if they did. Both sides then agreed to wait until after Lopez Por-tillo's inauguration. "Now we have to wait again," said Guadiano Ortiz, a peasant who says he first filed for a land grant 20 years ago. "The bad part is that now no one around here will give me a job." Thousands have lost hope they might get land. Some have received land so poor they cannot make it pay. All of these work as hired hands in the rich vegetable fields of THE international HOUSE of PANCAKES. EARLY BIRD SPECIALS D( ur Choice ilH 6 A.M.-ll A.M. - Monday thru Friday A. One egg, hash brown potatoes, toast and bacon or sausage. B. Two slices of French Toast, egg and bacon or . sausage. C. Three buttermilk pancakes, egg and bacon or sausage. D. Waffle with bacon or sausage. (2 For 1 Coupons Not Acceptable On This Special) LUNCHEON BANQUET SPECIALS 1 BLaSJ Your Choice 11 A.M.-4 P.M. - Monday thru Friday A. Spaghettini & meatballs, salad, garlic bread. B. Fried fish fillets, French fries, salad, roll and butter. C. Knockwurst, sauerkraut, potato pancake, salad, roll and butter. D. Ground beef steak, onion rings, French fries, salad, roll and butter. WEST PAUI BEACH LAKE WORTH 8111 S. DIXIE HWY. 1020 S. DIXIE HWY. maoism mow. CUI-IACAN, Mexico (AP) - Sixty si s after a bloody revolution that lablished land reform in Mexico, iiuii.lmls of thousands of peasants "'.ill await the small farm plot they : ;. will lift them from the impov- ri 'inicnt handed down through the in lations. b ait 7 million acres of land have :i .-n allotted to peasants since the 17 upiising that brought the In-ututional Revolutionary party to vfjr. The party has remained ii. it; ever since, with land reform 'i iHijjh expropriation a basic part of ; ).i'liy. Us line of presidents was i -Hied last week with the inaugu- i. ii uf .lose Lopez Portillo in Mex-i w City. Ik suueoded Luis Echeverria, 'tin on his last day in office gave ' H i i d tides to 1.1 million acres of bi.l, to 32,000 peasants. In addition ; ruined the expropriation of 8,668 i t of land to be divided into 60,-" i plots for peasants' homes. ! U hevetiia's land-reform policies uiie under heavy criticism from conservative elements in Mexico, !!ni Lopez Portillo appeared to .the them somewhat in his inaugu-i .1 address. He said that while i ai reform is basic to the Mex-. mi i evolution and his party, there i 1 "real limitations to land distri-i lion." theie is very little good land left, , pt that which is in private , ; :iiK ami private land produces "r..-.t of Mexico's crops. mi Nov. 19 Kcheverria expropriat- ' :':i,mt acres of farm and ranch in the neighboring state of So- i.i in northwest Mexico and an-. i red the land would be given to ...ii peasant farm families. 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